Regina Marklund is CREW Vancouver’s President for 2018 and brings extensive insight to the organization as the Manager of Business Development at Turner Construction and through her past international experience. Turner Construction is a North American-based, international construction services company and is a leading builder in various market segments. The company completes $10 billion of construction on 1,500 projects each year and offers clients the accessibility and support of a local firm with the stability and resources of a multi-national organization. Regina is responsible for supporting company growth by developing new relationships and clientele. Growing up in an entrepreneurial family and studying Mechanical Engineering in New York, Regina was able to develop a strong sense of grit, managerial ability, and technical problem solving skills that have helped her become successful at her role. Regina is a big advocate for mentorship, having personal advocates which were integral in the development of her career. She is a leader in the industry and we are excited for her to share her experiences and skills with the organization. CREW Vancouver welcomes our 2018 President!
Q & A with Regina Marklund:
What were some major milestones or experiences that have shaped your career?
After graduating from school, I was offered a full-time role with Turner in New York. I was 23 years old and was the project lead for the construction of Tiffany & Co.’s flagship store on 5th Avenue in New York. Being so young and given the responsibility to spearhead this landmark project was a pivotal point in my career. I learned how to successfully handle being in a fast paced and stressful environment, while growing my technical and managerial skills.
How have you used past experience to help you succeed in your current role?
Through my international experience, I was able to leverage my global relationships and help grow the Turner Vancouver platform. When I started in Vancouver in 2016, the business unit had a staff of 25 with $40M in annual revenue. I helped our company grow to over 70 professionals and $100M in annual revenue. Working in different environments has taught me how to remain flexible and adapt to new environments, allowing me to be sensitive to how other places may do business.
What are your goals for CREW in 2018?
My goals are to celebrate members and their achievements and focus on creating a better platform for members to network. This includes more lunch and learns, networking opportunities, and social events for CREW. I also want to diversify sponsorship. CREW’s sponsors are predominantly from brokerage or development. There are many specializations in real estate and opening up the network to these other industries will create new sponsorship opportunities while informing our members about the different sub-sectors in the real estate industry.
What advice do you have for up and coming CREW members?
Take risks. It’s better to be unfamiliar with something and get better than to not try at all. You always need to continually be challenging yourself in order to grow. You should also find senior advocates who will help create opportunities for you and find junior advocates to mentor. In order for you to progress and for the system to function, you also need to pay it forward for the next generation.